Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day.  Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.

He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath.  He believes like we do that it’s healthier  to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.

What are Nutrients?

Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:

* Grow

* Repair body tissue

* Build new muscle tissue.

No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.

The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!

Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses.  Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.

Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.

It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition.  Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.

We have a real problem with our food today.  Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market.   How bad is the problem with our food?  In the 1950’s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches.  Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

Toxic Toilet Paper?

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The FDA refused in July of this year to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the toxic chemical that leaches out of plastic containers and cans and into our foods.

Now there is more disturbing news about BPA and it’s chemical “cousin” bisphenol S (BPS).  According to two recent studies both toxins are present in […]

How To Ensure Your Eyes Light Up A Room Using Makeup

Vibrant Health EyesIf you would like people to notice your eyes the minute you walk into a room then there are a number of makeup tips that you might benefit from. Here are just some of the ways that you can ensure that you create the luminous look with eye makeup.

*  The first tip here to ensure that your eyes look fantastic does not even involve any makeup at all. That is because plenty of rest is the key to beautiful eyes. If you want to make your eyes even more stunning, then adding slices of cucumber will freshen them up.

*  When it comes to eye makeup you will want to blend it in with the rest of your outfit. For example it would probably not be a good idea to have bright pink eye makeup with a neon yellow jumpsuit.

*  If you want to make sure that your eyes look stunning, then you also have to be careful about your diet. Make sure that you are getting plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; raw vegetables can be more beneficial. You should also make a point of having other things in your diet too such as nuts and eggs.

*  A lot of people consider their eyes to be their best beauty asset so make sure you take care of them. If you want to take care of your eyes then you have to make sure to only buy the best eye makeup.

*  Before you turn in for the night, you should always take off any eye makeup that you were wearing that day. Ideally you should be using a quality cleanser for this.   Continue reading How To Ensure Your Eyes Light Up A Room Using Makeup

Alcohol And Exercise

alcohol and exerciseAt the end of the work week, you’re probably thinking about hitting the bar with a couple of buddies to wind down .  Even though you  may think you deserve to go out and have a few drinks, there are some things that you should certainly keep in mind.

Like any other day, tomorrow is going to be a day for exercise for fat loss, and since you are exercising on a regular basis, a few drinks of alcohol won’t really hurt anything, right?  Before you decide to rush out to the local bar, there are a few things below that you should think about before you make your choice about going out to drink some alcohol.

Research has proven that even small amounts of alcohol will increase muscular endurance and the output of strength, although these types of benefits are very short lived.  After 20 minutes or so, the problems will begin to surface.  All of the negative side effects attached to alcohol will easily outweigh any possible benefits that it can have. 

No matter how you look at it, alcohol is a poison that can really harm your body if you aren’t careful.

Consuming alcohol negatively affects your body’s strength, endurance, aerobic capacity and even muscle growth .  Alcohol will also have an effect on your nervous system and brain.  If you use it long term, you can cause severe deterioration of your central nervous system.   Even with short term use, nerve muscle interaction can be reduced which will result in a loss of strength.  Continue reading Alcohol And Exercise

Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Les Miles, LSU head football coachWho’s eating their greens?

During the LSU football game against Alabama on Nov. 6, Les Miles, LSU Head Coach, was observed eating some of the Tiger Stadium grass.  Questioned about it after the game Miles said he does it every game.

No matter whether he eats grass to attain some sort of karmic “oneness” with the field or for the protein, it’s not too healthy to eat grass off a football field that’s probably maintained with all kinds of chemical fertilizers.  It might also be a good idea to wash the grass off before eating it because of possible windborne chemical contamination from nearby industrial plants along the Mississippi River.  How’s he going to flush those toxins out of his body?

Even though football stadium grass is probably not the ideal source, green plants, especially in their natural state, do provide many important nutrients.

Adding more greens to our diet is a smart thing to do and has many health benefits.  The American Dietetic Association in a paper titled “Eating Plants for Health: From Fiber to Phytochemicals” described the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet, especially with a concurrent reduction in the consumption of animal products.  A plant-based diet has been linked to lower rates of many serious health problems.  Continue reading Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Detoxify to Stop Disease, Reverse Aging, and Improve Health

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All the wealth in the world is useless if we’re unhealthy. We can’t enjoy our life if our body is weak and unable to function properly.  We can miss all the wonderful things offered by our world today.  Too exaggerated?  Well, not likely. As much as we want to enjoy our life to […]

Sweating Makes Her Feel Sexy Says Kim Kardashian

Socialite in vibrant healthSocialite Kim Kardashian says sweating makes her feel sexy.

I don’t know about you, but sweating usually makes me feel irritable and exhausted.  Sweating keeps my clothes washer going busy because I don’t like wearing wet odorous clothes.  Sweat doesn’t do to much for the look of my dress clothes either. 

However, the experts say that sweating is actually beneficial.  Those 2.6 million sweat glands in the average person’s skin actually help us stay healthy.

Sweat helps regulate body temperature.  Sweating is the way our body responds to an increase in core temperature and it’s essential if our body is to cool down.  We stop sweating when our body’s core temperature drops down to normal.  If we didn’t sweat we would be in danger of heat stroke.

In addition to cooling us off, sweating has other health benefits.

Sweating can increase our metabolic rate, When our metabolism increases, our body’s ability to eliminate harmful toxins increases.  Our bodies are filled with toxins that we pick up every day from our environment; from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.  These toxins can cause significant health problems.  Although our body can eliminate some of these toxins by other methods, up to 30% of them can be effectively eliminated by sweat.  Sweat is one of the best toxic flushes available!

So it’s probable that individuals who periodically use saunas and steam rooms are getting important health benefits from doing so.  Continue reading Sweating Makes Her Feel Sexy Says Kim Kardashian

Household Cleaners Linked To Breast Cancer In Women

Household cleaners linked to breast cancer in womenA study recently published in the magazine “Environmental Health” found a greater incidence of breast cancer among women who frequently used household cleaners.  Julia Brody, PhD, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., who led the study, and her fellow researchers conducted telephone interviews with 787 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 women who did not have breast cancer.  The women were asked about the frequency of their use of household cleaners.

The links between breast cancer and household cleaners was found to be the greatest among women who used combined cleaning products (many different products used together).  The risk of breast cancer was about twice as high for the women who used many different products compared to women who said they used the least.

“The use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk” according to Dr. Brody.

Several household products contain synthetic chemical ingredients linked to cancer or other health problems.  You can find a list of hazardous ingredients in household products here .

Indoor air pollution is one of the nation’s most pressing personal health concerns according to the EPA.  They found peak concentrations of 20 toxic compounds to be 200 – 500 times higher inside some houses than outside according to a study that tested 600 homes in 6 cities.  Some of these compounds can be found in household cleaning products.

What are some of the symptoms caused by chemicals in household products?  Indications include runny nose, skin rash, a scratchy throat, respiratory infections, itchy eyes, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.  Continue reading Household Cleaners Linked To Breast Cancer In Women

Natural Remedies vs. Drugs

Natural health products  are gaining popularity all the time.  People use them as preventatives to stay healthy and to achieve and maintain optimal health. 

Time was when natural remedies were the only choice available.  But with the dawning of chemicals and drugs the medical profession largely abandoned natural remedies.  Procedures shifted to treating virtually all sickness and disease with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.  Pharmaceuticals are big business, and we are subjected to a daily marketing barrage telling us to “ask your doctor about (insert some drug name here).”

The practice of modern medicine follows the “sickness” paradigm, prescribing drugs or procedures to cure people after they get sick.  This paradigm is the opposite of the “wellness” paradigm which concentrates on maintaining or getting back good health through the use of natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle.

Why are people desiring alternatives to standard medical treatments?   Continue reading Natural Remedies vs. Drugs